"My Town and Yours" Thoughts and Observations of Mark Lange
Now We Know Why
by Mark Lange,posted Jul 8 2013 6:10AM
Someone asked me one time why there were Three Readings (votes) required to pass a city ordinance. I didn't have a real answer only an opinion - like most things. Last meeting of the Vincennes City Council we saw why council members must vote three times to pass a new ordinance (local law).
Councilman Pat Clark made a passionate speech against privatizing trash collection in the city, then voted "Yes" on the ordinance up for first reading. The ordinance to have a commercial hauler operate trash collection in the city passed on first reading. That wasn't what Clark wanted, but his vote made it 4 to three for the change. A simple mistake. We all make them. Mr. Clark says he won't vote that way tonight when the ordinance is brought up for a second vote. It will most likely be a 4 to 3 vote to keep hauling trash with city employees. There WILL be an extra fee for trash collection - that wasn't up for vote. That comes later.
So now we have a good example of why there are three readings for a new ordinance.